ABOUT c'''ikwah beadwork

Denise Halfyard is Wet'suwet'en, Tsimshian and Gitxsan. Born and raised in northern BC, she is of the Laksilyu clan (small frog). Denise now resides in the greater Vancouver area with her husband, Brent and puppy, Sugar.

As a way of regaining her culture, Denise took a beading workshop offered by the Pacific Association of First Nations Women in Vancouver. Denise's passion quickly grew as she tried new techniques each time she picked up the needle and thread. Denise's background and skill in floral design has served her well in designing custom beaded jewelry.

Wet'suwet'en means "People of the Wa Dzun Kwuh River (Bulkley River)." Tsimshian means "Inside the Skeena River." Gitxsan means "People of the River Mist." So it was only fitting that Denise chose C'ikwah (pronounced kick-wah) which means 'river' in the Wet'suwet'en language. Each handcrafted piece is given a name in either Wet'suwet'en, Smalgyax or Gitsenimx̱ to honour, to teach and to learn.